A collection of eighty all new poems, Acolytes is distinctly Nikki Giovanni, but different. Not softened, but more inspired by love, celebration, memories and even nostalgia. She aims her intimate and sparing words at family and friends, the deaths of heroes and friends, favorite meals and candy, nature, libraries, and theatre. But in between, the deep and edgy conscience that has defined her for decades shines through when she writes about Rosa Parks, hurricane Katrina, and Emmett Till's disappearance, leaving no doubt that Nikki has not traded one approach for another, but simply made room for both.
How you gonna save 'em? 1st stanza. We gather -- Spirit rising -- A prayer for Nina -- Howl (for Nina Simone) -- Sing me home -- The Rosa Parks -- The seamstress of Montgomery -- The death of innocence -- We go on -- The storyteller's silence -- Underground railroad -- Harlem stomp -- Creative writing, poetry -- Saturday days -- Quilts -- On a rainy autumn day -- I am now my own grandmother -- Criaskew's family -- Paint me like I am -- The change of life -- I am in Mexico -- I am Mighty Mouse -- Today : for Mari Evans -- After the drowning --